Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design since 1948. Colin Chapman’s philosophy of light weight and efficiency of design resulted in 7 Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans, and Indianapolis , saloon car racing and the World Rally Championship. Chapman’s mantras of simplification, light weight and the least amount of parts effectively deployed that went into his racing car design were directly translated into Lotus’ road cars and produced iconic machines such as the Seven, Elan, Esprit, and Elise. The rest of the automotive world are finally realizing that horsepower makes you fast in the straights, but light weight makes you faster everywhere – and more fuel efficient to boot!
This exhibit will feature a variety of Lotus models throughout that 60 year history.
Cars & Christmas is the annual holiday celebration at the AACA Museum. Decorations adorn the Museum on all levels with dozens of decorated holiday trees, several model train displays, specialty vehicles and more. We also encourage you to donate non-perishable food items or a new unwrapped toy for our food & toy drive so we can all share in giving to others during the holiday season.
The AACA Museum has completed phase 1 on a most meaningful phase of its development – the renovation of the existing 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery creating an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and automobilia from Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. This permanent, interactive and educational exhibit involves vistors in the compelling story of the development of these historic vehicles and dynamically displays their unique and advanced features. Beyond the cars, we’ve chronicled Preston Tucker’s vision, determination and struggles that are so much a part of the marque’s history.
From the early not-so-humble beginnings to present day, Dodge has held remained a company to be reckoned with. Through the Chrysler years with fins and muscle cars into the Daimler-Chrysler era and now part of Fiat S.p.A., Dodge continues to deliver exciting products for the populations of car buyers.
The AACA Museum is excited to continue our tradition of sharing great automotive art pieces with our guests with “Reflections” by Mark Watts. Mark captures the essence of reflective surfaces such as cars and water in his artwork. This exhibit runs from September 12 – October 19, 2014.